Medium: Stainless steel, glass, cedar, paint

Credit(s): Carey Newman

Art ID: 107

Year: 2009

Dancing Wind

Four mixed media panels are located at the sides of the Whistler Athletes’ Lodge. The four panels convey a sense of movement and represent the dancing wind. Each panel represents a wind direction, an animal and colour related to an Aboriginal medicine wheel. The north wind is a wolf in white. The east is an eagle in yellow. The south is a frog in red. The west is a bear in black.

This sculpture is part of the art collection commissioned by the Vancouver Organizing Committee of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The collection is a celebration of aboriginal art and has become a beautiful legacy of the 2010 Winter Games.

This YouTube video highlights the 2010 Games aboriginal art program and features artists commissioned for the Games, as well as artist Connie Watts, who managed the art program for VANOC.

The aboriginal art legacy is also described in the book O Siyam (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

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